Make your own DIY Tetherball Set!

We are on a quest to add some really fun things to our backyard, and this DIY tetherball set was an easy weekend project that our whole family loves.

After re-discovering tetherball at our friends’ home several weeks ago, the kids begged us to get a tetherball set for them.  I checked them out on Amazon, and when I saw the price (around $100), I knew I could make one for less. I did!

 By making our own, I saved more than half of that! Plus, it’s incredibly sturdy and durable.  We absolutely love it, and our family has already spent a lot of time outside enjoying it. It really is an easy, doable project that will bring hours of fun!

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Easy to do, and half the cost!

It really is so worth it to make your own.  It only took about an hour to put together, then 24 hours of drying time.  Totally an easy weekend project!  When you add in the facts that you can not only save more than half of the ones at the store and that it’s way more sturdy, you’ve got a winner!

If you’re wondering about ages, even young children can enjoy playing, all the way up to adults. My five year old boys are totally obsessed with it, and they could have easily played last summer as well, at the age of four. I love that my kids can play together, or even one of them alone.

Here’s the price breakdown:

(these prices may vary where you live, or where you purchase them)

Tire – free

Pole – $15

Rebar – $1.50

Wire – $2

Cement – $6

Hardware – $5

Ball – $15

= $45!!  

I saved more than $60!!  Woot!

Here’s how to make your own DIY Tetherball Set:

SUPPLIES:

  • tire (no bigger than a car tire–not SUV) (we found ours at a local junkyard for free!)
  • 1 5/8 x 8 ft. 16 gauge galvanized steel line pole
  • (2) 1 ft. pieces of rebar
  • cement (180 pounds–we used 3 bags, 60 pounds each)
  • 5/8 x 3 in.  round swivel eye bolt snap
  • 1/4 x 2 5/8 in. eye bolt
  • 2 washers, lock washer, and nut (all 1/4 inch–we bought a package that had all three in it)
  • 18 gauge galvanized wire
  • tetherball with rope (this is the one we got–it glows in the dark!) (affiliate link)
  • drill (impact drill with bit made for metal)
  • supplies to mix cement–shovel, container, water (we put ours in a large bucket)

DIRECTIONS:

1.  Drill holes into one of the ends of your line pole, in a cross pattern. (The ends are the same, so it doesn’t matter which one you do.)  Ours are about 2 inches from the bottom pole, and then 5 inches above that.  To determine how far apart to drill your holes, measure the inside of your tire.  

It’s going to be buried in the cement, so you don’t want it to poke out the top or the bottom of your tire.  Slide in the rebar, and use the galvanized wire to secure them into place. On the other end of the pole, drill a hole for the eye bolt, and secure it with a washer and the 1/4 inch nut.

Easy DIY Tetherball Set | oldsaltfarm.com
Easy DIY Tetherball Set | oldsaltfarm.com
Easy DIY Tetherball Set | oldsaltfarm.com

2. Set out your tire on a large garbage bag.  Mix your cement (we used a shovel and an inexpensive container that we bought at The Home Depot), making sure to follow the directions on the bag. We used the Quikrete brand, which dries pretty fast–within 24 hours we were ready to play!

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3.   Shovel the mixed cement into the tire, spreading and evening it out as you go.  Set up a tall ladder right next to the tire (or something else you can steady the pole and keep it in place with). Push your pole with the rebar end first down into the cement, making sure it’s centered, and that the rebar is completely covered. If you get cement on the tire, don’t worry–once it’s dry, you can scrape it right off.

4. Use a level to make sure it’s standing completely straight, then use the galvanized wire to tie it to the side of the ladder so it will stay that way while it dries.  You’ll see we had lots of helpers!  Our kids loved to help, and an extra pair or two of hands on these last steps really are necessary.

Easy DIY Tetherball Set | oldsaltfarm.com
Easy DIY Tetherball Set | oldsaltfarm.com
Easy DIY Tetherball Set | oldsaltfarm.com
Easy DIY Tetherball Set | oldsaltfarm.com

5. Let it dry!  We added the kids’ names into the cement after 3-4 hours–don’t do it right away, you’ll need the cement to be semi-firm to hold. My husband was the overseer of this part, and let the kids do it themselves.  If I had to do it over again, I would just have him do it–it’s a lot more difficult for kids to do it, they generally aren’t strong enough to write it deep enough.

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6.  After the cement is totally dry, clip the snap bolt onto the eye bolt at the top of the pole, and tie the rope onto the swivel portion of the snap bolt.  You don’t have to use a snap bolt, but it makes it a lot easier if you want to remove the ball.

You’re done, and ready to PLAY!!!

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47 Comments

  1. Thanks for the clear step-by-step instructions. We made this over a weekend and the kids (and us parents) love it!! So fun, and very sturdy!

    1. YAY!! That’s so awesome!! I hope you love it as much as we do. Happy Summer!! xoxo

  2. Just got done building this! Turned out great, however we ran out of cement so had to go back and get 1 more bag then I set my alarm for 3 hours so we could put our hand prints on it but we were too late, the cement was already hardened. ? Just a suggestion get 4 bags of cement (you can always return it) and set a timer maybe for 2 hours.

    1. Darn! Running out of cement is the worst!! :( Yes, it’s definitely better to have more than less–since you can always return it if you have it leftover. xoxo

    1. I got mine from neighborhood pick up. It actually came off an old trampoline pole. But you can alwYzngo to a hardware shop. ( Home depot)

  3. You did an amazing job on the project. I actually used a SUV tire and used way less cement. I actually took some dirt and filled in the sides then I took some cement to fill the middle.

  4. We just made it using your instructions! We are super excited and can’t wait to play on it! Thank you, thank you for posting this! And we loved all your pics describing the process!! 💕💕

  5. I would love to make one of these for my backyard but have a couple of questions. When you pour the cement into the tire does in not spread out beneath the tire? Also, I have a 15 year old son- do you think it will stand up to him and his friends or is this intended more for younger kids? Thanks for the great idea!

    1. Hi, Peg! The cement is pretty thick, and the tire is flat on the ground, so it didn’t seep out at all for us. And I’ve never received a comment from any of my readers that have made it about it happening to them either. As far as the age range goes, we played with adults quite a bit, and it was totally fine! I think just regular playing it can stand up to teenagers too. Hope this helps!!

  6. Thank you! I bought three bags but I need one more which I’ll buy tomorrow since Home Depot is closed. The mosquitoes provided a lot of motivation lol! Thanks

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